In the 2007 live-action movie, Barricade is a Decepticon that transforms into a Saleen S281E police car, making him similar in appearance to the Generation 1 Autobot Prowl, who was actually in the first draft of the movie treatment before the writers thought that a Decepticon police car would be a better idea. He appears to be the rival of Bumblebee, standing at nearly the same height. He is a hunter/scout of the Decepticons, choosing his vehicle mode to easily hide among the humans as a symbol of authority. His persona appears to be that of the cliché "bad cop", as he fiercely interrogates Sam Witwicky once he locates him. He mainly elongates his arms to reveal spinning spikes known as the blade wheels in his hands and uses them as close-combat striking weapons. When in car mode he can simulate the appearance of a human driver, the same holographic model (referred to as "Mustache Man" on-set and in the credits) that "pilots" Blackout and Starscream.
In leaked versions of the script, this character was originally codenamed Brawl - he even appeared with his name on some of the concept art. The name was later changed to Barricade when the official list of Transformers appearing in the movie was released; the name Brawl would go to another Decepticon. His rear quarter reads "To punish and enslave..." a parody of the classic police slogan "To Protect and Serve". The front quarter police logos have the Decepticon symbol on them and the writing "Pacis Quod Alcedonia", Latin for "Still, Halcyon Days of Peace", and "Incorporated since June 1865".
The official guide to the Transformers video game says he's 16 feet tall. The Transformers U.K. magazine states he is 16 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 2.2 tons and has a maximum speed of 500 mph. An early interview with Michael Bay states that he is 18 feet tall. The deluxe toy suggests he is 19 feet tall at the shoulders.
The Legends 2-pack with Cliffjumper and Recon Barricade says that Cliffjumper and Barricade are old rivals. Cliffjumper often taunts Barricade into making mistakes.
Other than Scorponok, Frenzy, the Constructicons, and Sideways, Barricade is the only non-military Decepticon. In fact, he (with his partner Frenzy) and Sideways seem to be the only Decepticons who can blend into a civilian environment.
Revenge of the Fallen
Barricade appears at the beginning of the movie like a tank, and ends up being killed by Bumblebee with your arms. It too also changed its name to Brawl to not be recognized by Autobots.Barricade too worked with his mentor, Starscream to risen Megatron. Barricade, risen, too appear in the final film part. Barricade is a scout and, therefore, is very agile (and your vehicle mode too is very agile). Being again a police cruiser in the final part of the film, Barricade can disguise themselves and hide from Autobots stopping at the parking strips in car mode, more, before that, let Alice go into it. Barricade was killed again by Optimus Prime in the film final, because Sideswipe blocked it. Barricade too talks in the film final, wich will come back together with his brother, Brawl. He too appears in the fight against Megatron, killing Acree (she revives in film final). Barricade won ammunition, in the second movie when it was resurrected by Scalpel, and therefore, shoot in the Autobot Sidswipe in Petra and was killed by Ironhide with his cannons.
The Last Knight
Barricade and the Decepticons served Megatron as rulers of Cybertron, and soon would become a nemesis to Unicron, as Megatron refused to be acknowledged by him as Galvatron, but could not be defeated due to their peaceful kingdom (Rather than tyranny), and they ruled the planet while the humans battled the Autobots infected with Dark Energon (Lead by Optimus Prime and also included Hound, Drift, and Crosshairs) alongside the loyal Autobots (Lead by Bumblebee and also included Dino, Ratchet, Ironhide, Jazz, and formerly Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime, who was killed by Nemesis Prime), and plus Barricade became second-in-command as the same happened with his good counterpart Bumblebee, whom he helped later on and served the now-loyal Megatron, and to show his loyalty repainted himself yellow and to also resemble his new partner, as the former scouts worked together on several missions.
Later, Bumblebee loses capacity, and Barricade is defeated by the sinister Optimus Prime, but soon used his spikes and a blast from his new cannon, defeating the former Autobot leader, and thus Barricade was The Last Knight, and soon left Cybertron to find a source for a new planet for humans.
Good Cop, Bad Cop
After the two Bumblebee prequels, Barricade appears in the final and eighth installment of the franchise focusing on him, titled Good Cop Bad Cop, and as referred in the title, his sinister actions return when it comes to busting human criminals. A human lead role, a police officer, catches criminals with his new robot, Barricade. He also searches for a new planet designated for humans.
- Transformers Legends Barricade (2007)
- Released as part of the first wave of movie Legends toys, this Micro class 3 inch long Saleen S281E is 1/63 scale to the real vehicle and has an extremely simplistic transformation.
- A Chinese made bootleg of this toy was released in 2007 called "Super Change to United". This version of the toy was slightly redecoed and remolded so he could become the left leg of a Legends combiner with 4 other Legends bootlegs.
- Transformers Legends Recon Barricade (2007)
- A redeco of Movie Legends Barricade done to match the Movie Deluxe Recon Barricade toy. Available in a 2-pack with Movie Legends Cliffjumper.
- Transformers Jollibee Barricade (2007)
- A kids meal toy promotional item available at Jollibee restaurants in the Philippines from June to July 2007. This toy was a slightly enlarged and simplified version of the Movie Legends mold.
- Transformers Cyber Slammers Barricade (2007)
- A small Scout class Barricade toy with a "hit and go transformation" and a pull-back motor. It measures 12 centimeters long. With an actual Saleen S281E measuring 480 centimeters long, this toy is about 1/40 scale.
- Transformers Fast Action Battlers Blade Shield Barricade (2007)
- A Deluxe-sized toy with simplified transformation for younger children.
Transformers Deluxe Barricade with Frenzy (2007)
- Released June 2, 2007. Features a small Frenzy figure which is stored in the front of Barricade in vehicle mode in what seems to be a radiator. Also features a spring-loaded punch action. Unlike the other Deluxe Class toys, Barricade does not feature Automorph technology. This toy is 15 centimeters long in car mode, so it has a scale of about 1/32. With Barricade standing 12 centimeters tall at the head, his real world robot mode would stand about 13 feet tall, but his shoulders reach much higher.
- This toy also came as part of a 2 pack called "Bumblebee vs. Barricade: First Encounter" featuring Deluxe Bumblebee (Classic Camaro) and Barricade.
- Transformers Screen Battles: First Encounter Barricade with Frenzy (2007)
- This toy later came in a pack called "Screen Battles: First Encounter" as a mini-diorama with figurines of Sam and Mikaela, along with an extra, non-poseable Frenzy figure.
- The original "radiator" Frenzy available with Screen Battles: First Encounter Barricade was remolded in black (matching the car) but was installed with additional piece of plastic, preventing the black Frenzy figure from being removed -- due to redundancy -- without unscrewing the base of the Barricade's hood. This version of Frenzy has been referred to as "Restrictor Plate Frenzy" by collectors.
- Transformers Deluxe Recon Barricade (2007)
- A silver and blue security car redecoration of Deluxe Barricade. According to the box for this toy when Barricade went to find the Allspark at Hoover Dam he altered his form to resemble a security guard's car to slip in undetected. This did not happen in the film. The version of Frenzy included is recolored light blue with darker blue detailing, meant as an homage to Frenzy's 1st Generation form.
- Transformers Deluxe Allspark Barricade Repaint (2008)
- A Target exclusive, packaged in robot mode and inside a clear, cylindrical package. Features light blue highlights on parts of the robot's body to simulate the Allspark's effects.
- Transformers Deluxe Premium Barricade (2008)
- A redeco of the Deluxe Barricade with metallic paint.
- Transformers Micro IR Barricade (2007)
- A RadioShack exclusive. This micro radio-controlled car moves forward and back, and features simple transformation to robot mode. The gun-shaped controller doubles as a ball-point pen.
- Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Interrogator Barricade (2009)
- A re-release of the 2007 film Deluxe toy with a module that holds the headlight claws, as seen in the first film where Sam first encounters Barricade. The module, which replaces the Frenzy figure, stores in the front end of the car.
- Revenge of the Fallen Gravity Bots Barricade (2009)
- A toy car that instantly transforms into robot mode when tilted upright.
- Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Barricade with Decepticon Frenzy (2010)
- A Voyager-sized figure of Barricade and Frenzy, featuring more advanced transformation and detail. The Frenzy figure can fit on the car mode's seats, fold to fit inside Barricade's front grill/chest, or mount on certain points of the robot mode to man Barricade's auxiliary weapons.
- Transformers Hunters Rumble Deluxe Barricade (2010)
- A white/black redeco with UK Metropolitan Police blue/yellow checkered livery. Bundled in a Target exclusive gift set with Sideswipe.
- Transformers Robot Replicas Barricade (2007)
- A poseable, non-transforming action figure that comes with a spinning blade.
- Transformers XMODS Evolution Barricade (2007)
- A RadioShack exclusive. This radio-controlled car is part of the XMODS line, featuring digital proportional steering and upgradeable parts. A weapons & light kit is also available, featuring headlight claws and a hood-mounted missile launcher.
- Transformers ZipZaps Micro RC Barricade (2007)
- A RadioShack exclusive. Part of the ZipZaps line, this is a micro radio-controlled car that runs on a rechargeable battery (the controller doubles as the charger).
- Transformers Nike Dunks High Transformers "Barricade"(2007)
- In 2007, Nike released a special edition of their "Dunks" inspired by Barricade. The shoes are a mix of patent and white leather with "To Punish and Enslave", "643", "Emergency 9-1-1 Response" and The Decepticon Police Crest throughout the entire shoe.
- Transformers Speed Stars Stealth Force Barricade (not yet released)
- A non-transforming Saleen S281E police car that mechanically opens its panels and reveals hidden weapons at the push of a button.
Barricade is playble in the game for DS. thumb|300px|right|Barricade in Transformers: The Game.
Team Prime campaign
After Optimus Prime killed Bumblebee, Barricade avenged, but was no match for the power of dark energon.
Team Bumblebee campaign
Originally he appeared in the game in level 10, battling Autobot drones infected by Dark Energon, and later on met Bumblebee and was later on battling Optimus Prime, and both defeated him.